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No, I am not behind. And no, this not a post forgotten from December.
Beginning of Spring is the year end for many Persian countries, not just Iranians. People in many countries such as Uzbakistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iraq( Kurds), etc celebrate Novrouz. There are Spring Solstice celebrations even in Thailand and Bulgaria.
And no, Nowrouz is not a muslim celebration. In fact, after the attack of Osman’s and Islam to Persia, many religious governments put a lot of effort in banning Norooz celebrations and naming it a sign of atheism.
But no, Norouz is not a sign of any religion. Nor does it represent atheism. Despite the fact that many relate it to Zoroastrian faith it was indeed initiated before that time, some 3000 years ago. Amazing, right?!
Spring Equinox, the revival of nature, the victory of light over dark, the blossoming of life has been celebrated for thousands of years by may cultures. Even though, like many other traditions, it has become modernized and commercialized, the spirit of this moment in the year, the essence of this new rotation of the Earth around the Sun makes Spring Equinox sacred and very important to me. After all, It’s the initiation of a whole brand new 365 days. An event that happens all over the world, no matter what time zone you are in, at the very same second. This year it happens at 6:28:40 EST, Monday March 20th.
And therefore, the Year End note.
Ending this year, I want to send gratitude first and foremost to my soul mates. No, not solely those people I am committed to or love dearly. I believe soulmates come to our lives with variety of missions. I send gratitude to those soulmates who helped me grow and become a better person by pushing my buttons. Those who taught me how to hang on and those who helped me practice letting go. Those who moved me up by believing in my and those who made me stronger by trying to hold me back. I send gratitude, for every role they played, and every bit of contribution they made to make me who I am.
Ending this year, I am setting intention in following my heart even more. In living even more authentically. In standing up and for the gifts I was born with; the many blessings I need to share with my community and with the world.
Ending this year, I am a commitment to; initiating wiser, listening deeper, inquiring more, following up even more zealously and finishing stronger. I am a commitment to supporting growth and change. I am a commitment to developing resilience.
With the new rotation of the Earth, my hope is to give more than I receive, to plant more than I harvest and to bring more compassion and empathy to every life I touch. My hope is to be a source of growth, more than ever before.
May this Nurouz be a new beginning for all especially for those who are curious and live with the passion to make this world a better place.